With the virtual Urban Tech Connect // Forward conference right around the corner, we reached out to speaker Cavel Khan, Tumblr’s chief revenue officer for a quick Q&A.
At Tumblr, Khan is responsible for global sales and sales strategy company-wide. Before joining the social networking site’s C-suite, he was SVP of client partnerships in North America for Vice and a senior manager on the CPG vertical at Twitter. Prior to that, he spent eight years at Microsoft in multiple roles.
In 2019 New York On Tech presented him with an Innovators and Disruptors Award for business development and sales. Earlier this year, the Advertising Club of New York selected him as an icon for their third annual Black History Month recognition series “Icons, Rock Stars & Innovators.”
At Urban Tech Connect, Khan will moderate the panel “Essential Steps To Build Tech Experience for Non-Technical Founders” with Sheila Marmon, the founder and CEO of Mirror Digital, Share Ventures CEO Hamet Watt, and Steven Wolfe Pereira, the co-founder and CEO of Encantos.
We recently asked Khan five questions to get to know him better:
What’s something that few people know about you?
I love riding motorcycles.
When did you know you wanted to work in tech?
I didn’t know I wanted to work in tech until I started to work in tech.
How are you staying sane during Covid-19?
My four-month-old baby, my wife, and my 10-year-old son spending quality family time together.
What does “possibility” mean to you?
It means when you have done the hard work to prepare, and you just need to align that preparation with an opportunity.
What advice do you have for the next generation of tech founders?
The knowledge you need to be successful is out there, and many people will share it with you, for free. Don’t be afraid to ask.